Watch strap replacement

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Tuesday 30 June 2009 2.35pm

I need to have a new watch strap put onto a watch.

It is a leather strap & I have the replacement strap from the manufacturer. I just need someone to take the old one off & put the new one on.

Any ideas? (I've searched this forum & went to the one on East St - it's shut.)

If one isn't available in SE1, any recommendations for central London, ie. a bus or train ride away?

Many thanks in advance - S.
Tuesday 30 June 2009 3.55pm
It's not in SE1, but the area around Clerkenwell Road is the olde traditional watch repairers area of London (now limited to only near to the junction of St John Street) and there are a few independant watch repair shops still around there (they are very reasonably priced in my experience and I think it's nice to support the independant small businesses!)

The one that I've used before is @ 60-62 Clerkenwell Road - Called Watch Repair Service. You can see it on google streetview on the north side of the road.

I think there is another one on the other side too.

Hope this helps!

Tuesday 30 June 2009 3.57pm
Hi S -

Actually, you might want to consider doing this yourself. (I did it myself just last night for the first time).

If it's just a leather strap, it probably comes with pins which can just compress easily and slide back into place.

You need patience, good lighting and eyesight, and a very small screwdriver (which I think Boots opticians sell for a couple of quid). It took me about 10 minutes. Be careful not to scratch the actual watch with the screwdriver.

Of course, that assumes that your watch strap is as simple as mine. If it's anything more complex, it's out of my depth! ;-) Perhaps an optician or shoe repair place could do it?

Tuesday 30 June 2009 4.02pm
Just across the river in the City there is a watch repairers....across London Bridge and turn right into Eastcheap...about 20 meters and its there...they have fitted a few replacement batteries for me and are very quick and efficient...just a satisfied customer no other connection.
Tuesday 30 June 2009 4.27pm
Go to PIccadilly Circus tube and walk around to the other side of the concourse from the barriers. There you will find a not so little man in what amounts to a cupboard. He'll do it for not many pennies at all. If you're really nice he might even do it for free as he did with me when he repaired one of the links on my watch bracelet, which had come loose.
Tuesday 30 June 2009 5.52pm
Wow, a fantastic range of recommendations!

Many thanks, indeed.


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